[Marxism] Watch The Swamp | American Experience | Official Site | PBS

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 16 08:36:09 MST 2019

The Swamp tells the dramatic story of humanity’s attempts to conquer the 
Florida Everglades, one of nature’s most mysterious and unique 
ecosystems. Home to a profusion of plants and animals found nowhere else 
on the continent, the Everglades was an immense watershed covering the 
southern half of the Florida peninsula. In the 19th century, however, 
most Americans believed swamps were filled with diseases and noxious 
reptiles and saw them as obstacles to the nation’s progress. The idea of 
draining the Everglades became the goal of many entrepreneurs, 
politicians and salesmen who saw great potential in turning the massive 
wetland into a profitable enterprise. Altering the landscape of the 
Everglades unleashed a torrent of unintended consequences, from 
catastrophic floods to brutal droughts. Told through the lives of a 
handful of colorful and resolute characters, from hucksters to 
politicians to unlikely activists, The Swamp explores the repeated 
efforts to transform what was seen as a vast and useless wasteland into 
an agricultural and urban paradise, ultimately leading to a passionate 
campaign to preserve America’s greatest wetland.

full: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/swamp/

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